What's the problem with that?
It is 2012, not 1962. Am I seriously reading someone asking what the problem would be with disenfranchising "impoverished and minority voters"?
A few of the poor might be civically involved and responsible, such as yourself.
"I say, boy! You are not like those other poors who are all lazy and stupid! Well done. Have a pat on the head."
But on the average, poor people have been shown to have bad decision-making skills.
By whom? Citations please, preferably to studies that show that middle- and upper-income people are significantly better at making decisions. (Because it sure looks like a lot of rich folk have made some pretty shitty decisions recently. It wasn't poor people who invented subprime mortgages!)
Or do you mean that it's self-evident from the fact that they're poor? Because that would be your privilege talking, not your brain. It is not, in general, straightforward to pull oneself up by one's bootstraps. Being able to make good decisions doesn't help if none of the available options is good.
Also, "minority"? Are you serious?
I don't know about hir, but I am. Yes, of the people receiving state support in the USA today, proportionally more are from minority backgrounds, and skewing the voter pool in favor of the majority ethnic group would be a problem.
You're playing the structural racism card, and that's not a healthy way to play.
Why not? Structural racism is a thing. Pointing out that the policy you are advocating would be a terrible idea because it would disproportionately disenfranchise people who already suffer from the racism endemic in this nation is hardly unhealthy. It's ignoring the problem that would be unhealthy.
Oh no, we can't increase our standards, or else a group that is disproportionately represented in the lower score will be disadvantaged.
Come back and try this argument again when you have a shred of evidence that shows that letting poor people vote is bad for democracy.
Oh, and you're a racist, because the only logical conclusion of your argument is that white people are smarter than any other race. Burned any good crosses lately?
Played one way, why can't they be like Asians, who suffered prejudice and came out ahead?
"Gee whillikers them yellers sure are smart, ain't they? Damn good at math I tell you! And they work real hard, not like those lazy nigfood stamp recipients! Nosiree I am not racist what made you think that."
Played another way, why don't we extend the franchise to undocumented Hispanics, who may have just as much stake in our country as we do?
Good idea. Why not?